5th/6th Clay

During the month of January 5th and 6th class worked with clay to make coil pots and grotesque monster heads.

GAA

               First off I would like to acknowledge the effort of parents bringing their children to Hurling 365 every Tuesday and Wednesday.  I understand that being a parent may sometimes feel like you are running a full time taxi service so I am truly grateful for the commitment shown. Without the commitment of parents the children wouldn’t arrive and the hurling would not take place. So thank you.

               On that I am delighted to say that the first three weeks of the Hurling 365  programme have been a huge success with numbers in the high twenties on both days every week so far.  The children and the coaches are really enjoying it. Long may it last.

               Finally as the start of both the boys and girls Rackard League Mini 7′s draws ever nearer I would like to draw your attention to something I read recently and I think it apt to share:

 

”We are playing for enjoyment, to be with our friends.

We promise to try our best to improve our skills, to help our team-mates and to obey the rules of the game.

We enjoy having older people watch us play. We ask that they applaud rather than criticise our efforts and the efforts of our opponents. Remember that we are learning a game that should give us a lifetime of enjoyment.

We may have to risk making mistakes in order to learn, please give us that chance.

We thank the referee for giving time to take charge of the game.

We promise to respect the referee’s decisions.

We ask the older people to do the same.

We promise to respect our opponents.

We shake hands before and after the game.”

 

C. Mc Donald

 

Recent News

Congratulations to the pupils of 2nd, 4th and 6th classes who recently completed the aquatics strand of the P.E curriculum in The Waterfront swimming pool.  These pupils all received certificates recognising their achievement on passing their respective level (1,2,3,4).

 

Well done to all the pupils from 4th, 5th and 6th class that took part in the Bunclody Credit Union Quiz on Saturday last 1-2-14.  The teams showed a marked improvement on last years results. Also a huge thank you to the parents for making sure that all the children arrived on time. The school had seven teams competing and all 28 students arrived and took part.

 

The enrollment ceremony for the sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion took place on Sunday 2-2-14 at 11am mass in Ballindaggin.  Well done to all those involved. Again all children were present at the mass so a big thank you to parents for enabling this to happen. Last weekend also marked the return of altar servers to Ballindaggin.  Well done to the children who served Saturday night and Sunday mass.

 

It is the time of year for entrance exams. Pupils from 6th class will be undertaking their entrance exams in the secondary schools of their choice over the next month or so. We would like to remind these students no to worry and also take the opportunity to wish them the best of luck in these exams.

HURLING 365

Hurling 365 Begins in Coolree this week and runs until June.

Senior Infants – Second Class Inclusive Tuesdays 3pm to 3.40pm beginning this Tuesday January 14th 2014

Third Class – Sixth Class Inclusive Wednesdays 3pm to 3.40pm beginning this Wednesday January 15th 2014

Parents bring the children to Coolree for 3pm and collect them at 3.40pm

Children need to bring their hurl and helmet as well as boots and runners.

 

Christmas and Winter with Senior Infants

Acrostic Winter Poem

Acrostic Winter Poem

Shaving foam Snowmen

Shaving foam Snowmen

Shaving foam Snowmen

Shaving foam Snowmen

Shaving foam Snowmen

Shaving foam Snowmen

Shaving foam Snowmen

Shaving foam Snowmen

Shaving foam Snowmen

Shaving foam Snowmen

'Handy' Christmas Trees

‘Handy’ Christmas Trees

'Handy' Christmas Trees

‘Handy’ Christmas Trees

'Handy' Christmas Trees

‘Handy’ Christmas Trees

'Handy' Christmas Trees

‘Handy’ Christmas Trees

'Handy' Christmas Trees

‘Handy’ Christmas Trees

Christmas in 5th and 6th Class

In 5th and 6th class we have decorated our classroom for the festive season. Check out some of the decorations we have on display.  We particularly like the snowflakes and Christmas baubles because we made them ourselves during art class.

5th and 6th Class are ‘for the birds.’

It is important to feed our native garden birds during the cold winter months. So 5th and 6th class carried out a survey to find out how ‘bird friendly’ the school grounds were.

We discovered that the school grounds scored well in providing shelter and nest sites for birds but scored poorly in providing food and health needs to garden birds.

So we took it upon ourselves to remedy the problem.  Mr Mc Donald showed us how to mix bird seed and cooking fat to make lard balls or ‘bird cake’ and we used it to make bird feeders which we have hung from the trees in the garden at the front of the school.

Mr Mc Donald also put up two bird tables in the front garden. We hung feeders from them and put out bird seed and some fruit for the birds.  Hopefully we will begin to see birds coming to feed in the school garden soon.

We learned that when hanging up bird feeders or positioning a bird table it is important to put them near shrubs and trees so the birds can hide from predators and also perch to wait their turn to feed.

We also began to learn how to identify the birds which might come to feed in the school garden. In class we now have a ‘Bird of the Month’ which we study and colour and display on our classroom wall.  The bird of the month for December is the green-finch which can be seen in the photos below.  There are also some links to information about the green-finch.

http://www.birdwatchireland.ie/Default.aspx?tabid=449

https://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/g/greenfinch/index.aspx

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/European_Greenfinch

An Geimhreadh

An Geimhreadh

Lá fuar feannaideach a bhí ann. Bhí caloga sneachta ag titim tríd an aer. Rith mé agus mo dheartháir síos an staighre agus amach go dtí an ghairdín. Thosaíomar ag súgradh sa sneachta. Rinneamar fear sneachta, bhíomar ag caitheamh liathrodí sneachta agus chuamar ag scáitáíl ar an leac oighir.

Go tobann shleamhaigh mé ar an leac oighir agus ghortaigh mé mo ruitín. Bhí an piain go húafasach. Chuir Conchubhar fios ar mo mhamaí. Ar nós na gaoithe bhí mamaí in aice liom agus bhí sí ag screadáil agus ag caoineadh. Chuir mamaí fios ar an t-ospideál. I bpreab na suil shroiceamar an t-ospideál. Scrúdaigh an dochtúir mo rutín. Dúirt sé “Tá do riutín briste.” Tar éis tamail chuamar abhaile.  Ní raibh mé ró sásta.

~Ciara Roban

Good Luck

Best of luck to the Ballindaggin boys Football Team who take part in the Rackard League Roinn C Shield final tomorrow at 2pm in Blackwater.

Be Active After School

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http://www.beactiveasap.ie/

 

Follow the link above or click on the image to find out more about the Be Active After School Program.

It is a fun extra curricular program for children in first and second class.

The school is interested in starting the program if there are enough parental volunteers.

The Be Active ASAP integrates with the on going work to achieve an Active School Flag.

Article from the Irish Independent outlining the importance of physical activity for children.

http://www.independent.ie/opinion/analysis/frances-murphy-children-are-the-key-to-a-fit-and-healthy-future-29162153.html